I’ve been watching a lot of movies that I never got around to watching when they came out. Out of generosity I’m going to review them here.
Today’s movie is Adaptation. (2002) starring Nicolas Cage (Face/Off), Meryl Streep (lots of things), and a toothless Chris Cooper. Directed by Spike Jonze. 115 minutes. Rated R.
Plot: Charlie Kaufman (Cage) struggles to write the very movie that you’re watching.
What an odd movie. It is based on real people, and its plot is basically the story of the movie being written. Very meta. Nicolas Cage’s funny and sad portrayal of the Kaufman brothers is very good. I think many people will dislike the film and many will think it is excellent. I am torn. I want to appreciate its quirky artsyness, but at the same time I wasn’t really entertained during the middle part of the movie (until it takes an odd turn).
Being John Malkovich was written and directed by the same people. I like that movie, and it was also quite odd.
Adult content: boobies; f-words; blood; drugs.
Overall: Give it a try. Or not.
Bonus Review: Jen’s Thoughts
Adaption. was strange and slow in the beginning. Nicolas Cage’s bald spots kept frightening me, and the overall fascination of the orchid was pretty silly.
I give it a “meh.”